MONTRÉAL, QUÉBEC--(Marketwire - July 11, 2012) - The Farha Foundation, Quebec's leading HIV/AIDS fundraising organization, marks its 20-year milestone in the fight against the disease. Since 1992, the Foundation has raised over $8 million for some 76 Quebec AIDS organizations, partnering with them across the province to distribute resources and raise awareness.
"The Farha Foundation is committed to the organizations who help in the fight against HIV/AIDS in Quebec. they are the core of our funding," states Linda Farha, Spokesperson, Farha Foundation. "Our donations have been instrumental in raising awareness and funding current critical needs. We are committed to serving our community until we can celebrate a cure!"
The funds that the Foundation raises are distributed to AIDS organizations across the province who in turn provide services that directly improve the lives of the some 20,000 men, women and children living with the disease in Quebec. These partner groups are also thankful for the opportunity to have developed a relationship with the Foundation during the past 20 years.
"Since 1986, MIELS-Quebec has been working to combat the effect of HIV through prevention and by providing housing. The Foundation has always been a resource for us," says Thérèse Richer, MIELS-Quebec. "For several years the Foundation has supported health projects that permit those living with HIV/AIDS to feel a little better. As we all know, it's very important to take medication and to maintain health, and ÇA MARCHE raises money so that those who need it are able to receive support for the cost of medication and for products not covered by insurance but which people require given the problems related to HIV. "
For the last 20 years, the Foundation's aim has been to provide a higher quality of life to those living with the disease and their families by providing services such as: prevention programs, food, housing, education programs, transportation, hygiene products, counselling and support, medication and much more. Maison Plein Coeur, an organization that provides transportation for those living with HIV/AIDS shares the following:
"The fundamental objectives of our organization are to contribute to the prevention of HIV/AIDS and to promote the health and wellness of those who live with the disease," states Gary Lacasse of the Maison Plein Coeur. "From the beginning, the Farha Foundation was a financial resource, and without their help, we would probably have closed. Mr. Lacasse goes on to say that the Foundation helps their organization with a plenitude of services, such as a car service for people with the disease that benefits pregnant women or mothers with small children, people undergoing medical treatments and those whom the disease has rendered visual impaired so therefore are unable to drive.
Join the Farha Foundation starting at 9 a.m. from Parc Émilie-Gamelin (St-Catherine East and St-Hubert) on Sunday, September 30 and walk to make a significant difference in the lives of those living with this terrible disease in your community. Invite your friends, family and colleagues to form a team and support the fight against HIV/AIDS. Register now at www.camarche.ca.
About the FARHA FOUNDATION
The Farha Foundation is Quebec's leading fundraising organization committed to helping men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS. The events organized by the Farha Foundation also serve to raise public awareness of the AIDS pandemic.
Since 1992, the Farha Foundation has distributed over $8.7 million to some 76 organizations throughout Quebec that provide care and services (housing, medication, food, palliative care, homecare, etc.), as well as AIDS prevention and education programs. An advisory committee determines which organizations the Foundation supports and ensures that the funds are put to the best possible use. To learn more about the Farha Foundation, please visit www.farha.qc.ca.